Mystery of God, The: Theology for Knowing the Unknowable

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How can I know God if he is incomprehensible? Is it possible to know God in a way that takes seriously the fact that he is beyond knowledge? Steven Boyer and Christopher Hall argue that the "mystery of God" has a rightful place in theological discourse. They contend that considering divine incomprehensibility invites reverence and humility in our thinking and living as Christians and clarifies a variety of theological topics.

The authors begin by investigating the biblical, ...

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Overview

How can I know God if he is incomprehensible? Is it possible to know God in a way that takes seriously the fact that he is beyond knowledge? Steven Boyer and Christopher Hall argue that the "mystery of God" has a rightful place in theological discourse. They contend that considering divine incomprehensibility invites reverence and humility in our thinking and living as Christians and clarifies a variety of theological topics.

The authors begin by investigating the biblical, historical, and practical foundations for understanding the mystery of God. They then spell out its implications for theological issues and practices such as the incarnation, salvation, and prayer, rooting knowledge of God in a concrete life of faith. Evangelical yet ecumenical, this book will appeal to theology students, pastors, church leaders, and all who want intellectual and practical guidance for knowing the unknowable God.

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Boyer, (theology, Eastern Univ.) and Hall (chancellor, Eastern Univ., & dean, Palmer Theological Seminary) begin by asserting that God is necessarily mystery, then continue by giving a history of the concept of divine mystery, and finally discuss ways that humans can know and come to terms with divine mystery. The authors explore the concept of mystery as it relates to doctrines of Trinity, incarnation, and salvation, concluding with chapters on mystery and a life of prayer, and on mystery and world religions. They seek a middle path between rationalism and faith; throughout they reveal themselves to be evangelical Christians extraordinarily cognizant of the great Christian traditions from the desert fathers and mothers to the Greek and Latin Church fathers to leading monastics (East and West), scholastics, reformers, modernists, and postmodernists. VERDICT Theologians and philosophers as well as clergy and well-educated laity—including mainstream Christians interested in how God can be known and yet remain mystery—and those seeking deeper faith, in accord with certain aspects of modernism and postmodernism, may find this splendid book challenging, accessible, and rewarding.—Carolyn M. Craft, emerita, Longwood Univ., Farmville, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801027734
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 830,479
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven D. Boyer (PhD, Boston University) is professor of theology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. Christopher A. Hall (PhD, Drew University) is distinguished professor of theology and director of academic spiritual formation at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He has authored a number of books, is an editor at large for Christianity Today, and is associate editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part 1: The Sun
1. The Meaning of Mystery
2. The Necessity of Mystery
3. The History of Mystery
4. The Knowledge of Mystery
Part 2: The Landscape
5. The Mystery of the Trinity
6. The Incarnation
7. Mystery and Salvation
8. Mystery and the Life of Prayer
9. Mystery and World Religions
Epilogue: Seeking, Finding, and Seeking
Indexes
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